Papua New Guinea 1 - 1 Fiji

Fiji have been denied a place in the semi-finals of the OFC Nations Cup after drawing 1-1 with Papua New Guinea in their final match of Group B at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara, Solomon Islands.


See below for all the play-by-play action.

Starting line-ups:

Papua New Guinea: 1. Leslie KALAI [GK], 2. Kila IARAVAI, 3. Valentine NELSON, 4. Daniel JOE, 6. Samuel KINI, 7. Raymond GUNEMBA, 8. Michael FOSTER, 9. Kema JACK, 12. David MUTA (c), 18. Eric KOMENG, 19. Koriak UPAIGA
Substitutes: 5. Kelly JAMPU, 10. Reginald DAVANI, 11. Felix BONDALUKE, 13. Andrew LEPANI, 14. Neil HANS, 15. Jamal SEETO, 16. Jeremy YASASA, 17. Maurie WASI, 21. Ronald CONN, 20. Godfrey BANIAU [GK], 23. Paul KAWIK [GK]
Coach: Frank FARINA

Fiji: 1. Simione TAMANISAU [GK] (c), 2. Avinesh SUWAMY, 4. Samuela VULA, 5. Taniela WAQA, 6. Alvin SINGH, 7. Pita BOLATOGA, 9. Osea VAKATALESAU, 10. Alvin AVINESH, 11. Roy KRISHNA, 12. Remueru TEKIATE, 15. Maciu DUNADAMU
Substitutes: 3. Paulo POSIANO, 14. Ilaitia TUILAU, 16. Samuela KAUTOGA, 17. Apisai SMITH, 18. Archie WATKINS, 19. Peni FINAU, 22. Misaele DRAUNIBAKA, 23. Beniaminio MATEINAQARA [GK]
Coach: Imdad ALI

Referee: Kader ZITOUNI [TAH]
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita MAKASINI [TGA]
Assistant Referee 2: Terry PIRI [COK]
4th Official: Isidore ASSIENE-AMBASSA [NCL]

The match kicks off

3' Fiji have a free kick in a promising position but Avinesh Suwamy fails to pick out a team mate with his delivery

7' Kema Jack heads a Michael Foster cross over the bar for Papua New Guinea

8' Papua New Guinea goalkeeper Leslie Kalai bravely blocks a Maciu Dunadamu effort at close range

12' Eric Komeng receives the ball on the left for Papua New Guinea and shoots but his attempt flies across goal

13' GOAL!!! Papua New Guinea 0 Fiji 1: Fiji take the lead when Kalai palms away an Alvin Singh header from a Suwamy corner and Dunadamu is on hand to nod home the rebound

16' Pita Bolatoga tries his luck from a long way out for Fiji but can't find the target

18' Osea Vakatalesau gets behind the Papua New Guinea defence but puts his lob wide

19' Raymond Gunemba cuts onto his left foot and shoots wide of the Fiji near post

23' Suwamy spoons a shot well over the Papua New Guinea bar from inside the box

24' Roy Krishna chests the ball down on the edge of the Papua New Guinea area and fizzes a left-foot effort just wide

25' Play is stopped for a drinks break

28' Vakatalesau breaks down the right and tries to find Krishna but Daniel Joe clears for Papua New Guinea

30' A Suwamy corner breaks to Krishna outside the Papua New Guinea box and he hits a well-struck effort wide

32' Fiji goalkeeper and captain Simione Tamanisau dives at the feet of Gunemba to gather the ball after a sharp attacking move from Papua New Guinea

35' Komeng makes progress down the left for Papua New Guinea but his cross-come-shot goes out for a goalkick

37' Dunadamu shoots across the face of goal for Fiji

41' Papua New Guinea nearly have an opportunity to equalise when the ball breaks to captain David Muta in front of goal but it gets caught under his feet before he can shoot

45' Samuel Kini chests the ball down for Jack to shoot on the edge of the Fiji area but the attempt is deflected out for a corner

45' Three minutes of injury time will be played

45' + 2' Tamanisau leaves his line to claim a Komeng cross from the left

45' + 3' Taminisau again has to come out to punch away a Muta free kick

The first half comes to an end

The second half kicks off

50' Suwamy hits a free kick straight into the arms of Papua New Guinea goalkeeper Kalai

53' YELLOW CARD: Simione Tamanisau for Fiji receives a yellow card for time wasting

54' YELLOW CARD: Papua New Guinea Koriak Upaiga is cautioned for a dangerous challenge

58' SUBSTITUTION: Fiji make a change with Apisai Smith replacing Vakatalesau

65' SUBSTITUTIONS: Papua New Guinea make a double change with Jeremy Yasasa replacing Eric Komeng and Jamal Seeto replacing Raymond Gunemba

70' The two minute water break begins

74' A good chance for Fiji with Apisai Smith's powerful strike tipped over the bar

75' Fiji have a corner and Alvin Singh climbs high to win the header but nods it inches high

79' SUBSTITUTION: Reginald Davani replaces Samuel Kini for Papua New Guinea

82' Substitute Davani nearly makes an immediate impact when he fires a low free kick just wide

83' SUBSTITUTION: Krishna is replaced by Misaele Draunibaka for Fiji

83' YELLOW CARD: Alvin Singh is cautioned for Fiji

84' YELLOW CARD: Jack is cautioned for Papua New Guinea

85' GOAL!!! Papua New Guinea 1 Fiji 1: Jack heads home an equaliser inside the near post for Papua New Guinea

85' YELLOW CARD: Remueru Tekiate is cautioned for Fiji

90' Five minutes of injury time will be played

The final whistle is blown




Updated On Wednesday, June 06, 2012